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Poster: Skippy61 Date: Jan 10, 2010 10:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Brokedown Palace

I am loving a Brokedown Palace from 12-10-71 and as it was pulling on my heartstrings again, making me miss Jerry and thinking how much I love my wife and my family. I even have VERY clear instructions that if anything happens to me this will be played at my funeral...no question!!
So I have question fellow travelers... is there a song the Grateful Dead played that spoke so clearly the first time you heard it to your heart and still does each and every time you hear it that you hope to hear it for the rest of time. What is it? Also explain if you can how it touches your soul.

Peace:Skippy

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Jan 11, 2010 8:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Skippy - Thinking about your post, there are 3 songs that touch my soul in the way I think you're describing. All 3 are the studio versions! Although the variation of the many live interpretations are what keep me constantly interested in the band, I find that these studio versions - which are flawlessly executed - are the ones that have the power to make tears well up when I listen:

Black Peter: Such a great period piece that takes you back in time, but still conveys a great truth that's as relevant as ever. Though it's a sad tale, to me, the message is that we're part of something unending and much larger than our own lives ("sun goin up and then, the sun it goin down"), and that in the end, the true enduring connections you have made with others is all that matters.


Brokedown Palace: Similar theme about a world that keeps regenerating, and that we're just a tiny blip. Gives me lots of comfort for whatever reason. "by the waterside I will rest my bones; Listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul.

Terrapin Station: It's as if they got a sneak-peek into the afterworld.... awe-inspriring. To me, the notion that you should follow your heart, and not go the safe way, is delivered perfectly through the music and lyrics ('... sailor coming out again the lady fairly lept at him'). Listening on headphones, Bob and Jerry's guitarwork is so perfect that it makes me take to the sky on a natural high (oops, mixing artists there).

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Poster: DianaW Date: Jan 13, 2010 6:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

How about this one?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlTzzsjF6s8
(Dijon 1974)

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Poster: DianaW Date: Jan 11, 2010 5:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Wow, I just listened to it. I can see why you feel that way. It really is exquisite.

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Poster: DianaW Date: Jan 11, 2010 6:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

edited to add: This whole show is perfection. Just a lovely listening experience. Shoot, why do I have to work for a living?

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Poster: buscameby Date: Jan 11, 2010 10:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Well since I was a Deadhead before I got hit by the Bus, I will say Attics and New Speedway always pulled on me.

Of coarse after the accident, the Other One will always take me back to the place it really got Stranger and Stranger.

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Poster: NorthStarDead Date: Jan 11, 2010 5:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

If I had the World to give was played at our wedding ceremony, I will take you home at reception, to which wife and her father slow danced. Not a dry eye in the crowd

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Jan 12, 2010 2:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

It has been awhile since I visited these hallowed halls..."Attics of My Life" these lyrics in particular...

...When there was no ear to hear
You sang to me

I have spent my life
Seeking all that's still unsung
Bent my ear to hear the tune
And closed my eyes to see
When there were no strings to play
You played to me

It sent me on a journey to find that person in my life, someone who could play me when I had no strings to play. I am blessed to have found a number of people like that in my life; wife, children and great friends. Many times I have needed people like that and this song has, for me, represented that search. Many great versions, but the American Beauty is the one that resonates, probably because of the harmonies.

Someone mentioned Jorma's "Quah" album (Genesis) in another post here and I will say that it engenders similar feelings to American Beauty for me. I have given it to friends in sickness (and health) who have found comfort in a variety of songs on the album. It is one of my top of all time albums and if somehow you haven't listened yet, or in a long time, please give it a try.

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jan 12, 2010 3:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

That would have been me. Attics is also a very special one... Got to hear it and New Speedway Boogie in my 2nd to lat show in SLC 2/95. Heard it first in '68 or '69... Always made my eyes get misty!

PS. Another Maynard G reference for Earl...

;)

PPS. I also recommend giving (or buying) Quah a listen!!!

Thanks JB...

Your handle reminds me of another story... At Berkeley Community Theater, the Halloween run in '84 I think it was, out in the halls there were big message boards for the band members... The one I remember was asking Jerry if he slept with his beard over or under the covers... Silly thing, but then I be a silly person...

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Jan 12, 2010 3:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Never got to hear it live, but always enjoyed the tapes. New Speedway is another great one...Days Between grabbed me, but only after Jerry's death...very poignant lyrically.

Unfortunately, I do understand Maynard G references...with the addition of one "o", Dobie would have been a Doobie. Now that would have been odd.

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jan 12, 2010 4:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Again... Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk! Too many of us date ourselves here... Ain't it grand!!!

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Poster: snori Date: Jan 11, 2010 7:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

This may seem odd, but I was mightily impressed by the joyful rendition of 'Me & Bobby McGhee' on 'Skeleton & Roses'. Obviously Live Dead was what made me a fan, but that simple song still makes me happy. 'La da lay ha, la da da !'

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Poster: Skippy61 Date: Jan 11, 2010 8:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

i don't think that's odd at all. I guess I should've put something about upbeat songs, by no means, did i mean just the "deep" songs. They all speak to us in some way. I was just diggin Brokedown at the time!! :)

Peace:Skippy

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Jan 11, 2010 10:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Stella Blue was like that for me the first time I heard it. Made me cry when it all rolled into one. But the really weird one was what happened when I first played Ripple for my mom. She pretty much stuck to the oldies (she's 75) but when I played Ripple for her back in the 80s she was immediately taken with the melody. She said it was such a familiar and homey tune that she felt she already knew it even though she'd never heard it before. She was humming the melody almost immediately after I started playing it. Just one of those "things".

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Poster: DianaW Date: Jan 11, 2010 11:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

I think most people who hear Ripple for the first time feel that way. These songs were not written so much as discovered. It's all a dream we dreamed one afternoon, long ago.

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jan 11, 2010 11:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Box of Rain would be another. Hunter wrote it when Phil's father passed. I remember reading him saying something to the extent of "Words never flowed from the pen such as these did"...

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Jan 11, 2010 12:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box_of_rain

The "Lyrics" section contains the following quote from Hunter: "If ever a lyric 'wrote itself,' this did—as fast as the pen would pull."

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jan 11, 2010 12:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Yep... That's what I meant...

:)

I do not recognize you name here GennyBenni... Job well done!

This post was modified by cush212 on 2010-01-11 20:40:00

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jan 11, 2010 4:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Skippy--

Funny you mentioned the funeral request for "Brokedown", as I have mentioned that to my wife as well...I think it's the perfect, ultimate 'farewel" song...what's amazing to me is that I love that song with all my heart and it moves me deeply (especially when played and sung well), but I'm not at all a religious person. Is that weird? The song seems to have obvious religious overtones, but to me it's more spiritual in nature. It's just lovely, that much I know...and the metaphor for the body being the "brokedown palace" that we all eventually have to leave behind seems one of the truest things ever written. (Thanks, R. Hunter)

As for the other songs that move me as much, I always say that I have a "holy Trinity" of Dead tunes (again, odd given my agnostic nature that I use that term). They are:

SCARLET BEGONIAS, EYES OF THE WORLD, and BIRDSONG.

Those songs are special to me in a way words can't really describe.

p.s. Another fine "Brokedown" is from the Ravenspace show of 4/19/82....a picture perfect rendition marred only by Bobby breaking in at one point to warn a fan to "be careful up there"...I guess some guy was climbing on something he shouldn't have been, but I wish Bobby hadn't decided to admonish him mid-tune...still, it's a very brief moment, and Jerry doesn't break stride and all...it's an outstandingly beautiful version, especially with Brent's harmonies thrown in.

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Poster: Skippy61 Date: Jan 11, 2010 8:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Well my friend i can well and truly identify. I was raised in a pretty religious home and when I left much of the formal part stayed there. I am however a deeply spiritual person and this song and the others you mentioned stir my soul.

"Listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul"

That line alone is such a beautiful thing. Mr.Hunter could have layed his pen down after this song. Thank God he didn't though!!

Peace:Skippy

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Jan 11, 2010 6:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Attics of My Life and Ripple and, a little later, Eyes. They are still touchstones for me nearly 40 years later.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 11, 2010 8:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Days Between and Brokedown from 12/19/94. It's a coin toss between these two. All the more poignant because it was the last show I ever saw and the only one I saw with my wife.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd94-12-19.sbd.vernon.20712.sbeok.shnf

You can hear the almost 30 years of accumulated pain in Jerry's voice during Days.

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jan 11, 2010 9:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

One of my best friends passed away a few years ago, while he was a vry hardcore Deadhead, his favorite song was Genesis by Jorma K, when I spoke to his father on the phone (I was in AZ, they were in PA) it was arranged and played at his funeral... That would also be first pick. Followed by a rousing St Stephen> the Eleven! Why make funerals sad and boring???